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Pym: A Novel
Pym: A Novel
by Mat Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel of the Minute, March 17, 2011
This review is from: Pym: A Novel (Hardcover)
I can't think of a better novel for right now. With the election of Barack Obama, we were supposed to be embarking upon a post-racial society. But that didn't happen. Why? Mat Johnson's PYM offers answers, or at least spots the culprit--an ingrained love of whiteness, a distrust of everything "other." What's most impressive is that PYM puts all this across not with didactic lectures that cut away from the narrative, but the power of the story itself. This is a deep, incisive, thoughtful book that moves with the breakneck pacing of a fantasy thriller. And did I mention it's funny? Johnson seems to understand that if a spoonful of honey helps the medicine go down than a whole bottle of honey is even better. PYM will make you laugh out loud and wonder if your laughter was appropriate, at the same time.


How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist
How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist
by Andrew B. Newberg
Edition: Hardcover
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A message everyone should hear, March 24, 2009
The thesis, as I took it, may not come as much of a surprise: dogmatism is bad. But this book goes further, using the latest neurological findings to suggest that believers and non-believers alike need to find an open-minded, compassionate place to stand. In a world where too many people use every disagreement as an occasion to choose sides for a fight, I applaud the authors for finding evidence of why we're all better off if we learn to relate to one another rather than radicalize.


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